“…the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said: (Job 38:1; New King James Version, (NKJV),
“Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding. Who determined its measurements? Surely you know! Or who stretched the line upon it? To what were its foundations fastened? Or who laid its cornerstone, When the morning stars sang together, And all the sons of God shouted for joy? Or who shut in the sea with doors, When it burst forth and issued from the womb; When I made the clouds its garment, And thick darkness its swaddling band; When I fixed My limit for it, And set bars and doors; When I said,‘This far you may come, but no farther, And here your proud waves must stop!’ (Job 38: 4-11; (NKJV).“The Lord is thy keeper: the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand. The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul.” (Psalm 121: 5-7; King James Bible Version (KJV).
“When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, The moon and the stars, which You have ordained, What is man that You are mindful of him, And the son of man that You visit him? For You have made him a little lower than the angels, And You have crowned him with glory and honor. You have made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet, All sheep and oxen—Even the beasts of the field, The birds of the air, And the fish of the sea That pass through the paths of the seas. O Lord, our Lord, How excellent is Your name in all the earth!” (Psalm 8:3-9; NKJV).
Growing up in the northern part of the USA, I spent many starry nights gazing up at the heavens. Back then, there weren’t so many bright, city lights to block out the gorgeous views of the night sky; so even the Northern Lights were allowed to put on quite a show. As a child, I was somehow always called by the night sky. Sometimes, I sat outside by myself, studying the constellations and phases of the moon; other times, my dad sat outside with me, telling me facts about the celestial bodies and the constellation patterns.
Now, having lived many years in the central mid-west, I miss those days of my youth and the simplicity of that phenomenal time when I had felt a connection with the beautiful night skies. In those days, even the moon seemed to shine in high definition. Particularly, I remember how clearly on a black, northern night that same ‘face’ appeared in the fullness of the moon.
As a child, I learned that the reason the man-in-the-moon always looks the same is because the moon really shines by the reflected light of the sun bouncing off the moon’s surface. From our perspective here on earth, we see only one side of the moon, while the back side stays dark. Viewed from somewhere else in space, the full-moon ‘face’ would look differently; but the moon doesn’t rotate, so we always see the same side of it, as well as the various crescent stages of the sun’s reflection on the moon’s surface. The stages and movements of the moon creates a pattern of stability that earth’s citizens can depend upon for navigation. It also governs the earth’s tides and brightens the world with a soft light for sleeping patterns.
In many ways, watching the heavens is a school all in itself. As life and populations change on Earth, so do our relationships to the celestial bodies that fill our skies. But city lights now dim the thousands of stars that dot the night sky; so, it’s no wonder we don’t relate to the sky in the same way we did some decades ago, when less technology ruled our world. Current satellite photos show that, viewed from space, our planet is lit up like a Christmas tree from all the glowing lights of its cities. Only a few locations on Earth, out away from the heavily-lit population centers, still view the many stars and planets that fill the night skies.
Yet, what we do still observe from the sky around our tiny planet is the tremendous, intricate, functioning patterns that exist throughout our universe and beyond. The complicated, reliable functioning of all the suns, planets, stars, universes, (which we perceive on the external, material level of perception) reveals the handiwork of an Intelligence beyond earthly comprehension. Nothing comes from nothing. Intelligent purpose creates the harmonic functioning of all that we know. An infinite Mind, we don’t yet comprehend, smiles beneath the surface of all that we perceive.
And one thing is sure: even when we perceive on the material level that a greater, harmonious Intelligence is at work, even then we don’t fathom the greater reality that meets us every day. Only in tiny moments, when we experience a sense of something wonderful flitting across our thoughts, calling for our awareness, do we catch a glimpse of eternity that exists beneath the physical façade of time, space, and substance. This reality can only be perceived when the finite, physical sense of materiality as substance is silenced. Spiritual reality exists with only spiritual substance. God, divine Spirit, created only a spiritual creation, filled with spiritual beings. Like produces like. Spiritual being is our substance, and our true body, mind and soul. Material being is a collective, material illusion.
Knowing this meta-physical fact, however, still fails to permeate the collective consciousness of our world. Spiritual occurrences and spiritual abilities are still perceived as things beyond the norm.
The biblical story of the star of Bethlehem (where a star led three priests and kings to the tiny spot on Earth where Jesus was born) illustrates a moment in time when humanity’s attention was drawn to that unexplainable phenomenon of a bright star in the sky above our own little planet, that shouldn’t have been there in the normal sky. Many (seemingly) super-natural events are also recorded in the Old Testament book of Exodus during Moses’s trek leading the children of Israel out of Egypt’s captivity. And although these events were deemed to be super-natural, (such as the parting of the Red Sea) yet perhaps to our greater, more spiritual perspective, they were divinely natural. It begs the question: Were these occurrences divinely natural to anyone who comprehended the spiritual reality of things?
We really must take into account that we currently live in a cosmic neighborhood, with solar systems, galaxies, even other universes. And although our material senses of perception define our reality on a material-substance level, many religions around the world believe that, at some point, we must also recognize an underlying spiritual, or non-physical level, of existence. Why? Because it creeps into our daily lives, now and then, when we least expect it.
Even to open our mental eyes and minds wider, we see that we aren’t simply living in Earth-time; rather, we live in the celestial time of God’s greater creation. Our own planet is just a tiny speck that is affected by tides from the moon and weather patterns affected by the sun. Our planet’s orbit is ruled by seasonal times that involve the solar system. Every trip around the Sun actually creates a “new” orbit or revolving path around the Sun. Weather patterns are affected by what’s “out there” in the vastness of space and the movements of our neighbors in our solar system, way more than we realize.
Yet, we build our lives strictly around narrow belief-systems of material cause and effect, alone; and even then, rarely do we look outside our tiny planet to take into account the fact that we’re only a speck in the vastness of creation. We really must begin to realize that we are a part of something, and somewhere, beyond our own back yards. Most of the things we are taught to believe come from myths of the ancients. So, with such a narrow view of reality, we are shutting out the spiritual side of things that is actually ‘driving the whole wagon’, so to speak.
Here is an example of what I’m saying: Many people around the world have experiences, which are called ‘precognition’…perceiving some event that has not yet occurred, but our mind’s-eye sees it like a picture. Even in the time of Noah (and the great, global flood) stories abounded about individuals around the planet who, at the time, had mental precognition about a great flood coming. (Some Native Americans have various versions of this that is known to many tribes.) Around the globe, peoples’ lives were saved from the mental warnings that came to them to prepare, in some way. As a result, people from various locations around the globe made it through the flood, because they were fore-warned in thought. (Google for info on this, if you doubt it.)
Now, I presume that, in Noah’s time, some took the warning seriously, and others didn’t. But the divine Intelligence is connected to us all, so in this day and age, this phenomenon shouldn’t surprise us. And actually, isn’t that proof that the divine Intelligence we call God IS connected to all of us? And couldn’t this universal connection be the reason those who heeded the mental warnings survived that global disaster at the time?
God’s creation is beyond what mankind perceives it to be. It is greater, wider, and deeper. At our very core, we are spiritual (not physical) beings. And we must get this into our memory banks. As individuals awaken into clearer pictures of spiritual reality, including our own, true identities, we will begin to leave behind the limited, material sense of everything that we have clung to for so long. Until then, we will tend to keep what we have learned as children, and we will still wrap ourselves in all its ignorance because we were all taught to do so, in every human civilization on Earth. And this mythical knowledge is what keeps us spiritually blind to the infinite glory of our own existence in the kingdom of God.
We are like Dorothy in the Land of OZ (my favorite reference). We are sleeping in the collective dream of finite materiality. It is a walking, waking dream; but it is a mental illusion, just the same. Yet, the way back to our awakened state of being is always with us. For just as Dorothy didn’t have to GO anywhere to find here home, (awaken) we don’t actually have to GO anywhere to get Home either. We only have to awaken to our spiritual identity (the universal Christ identity) enough to begin to remember it. For our remembrance is in our deeper, spiritual consciousness…our Christ Consciousness.
The universal Christ-Consciousness represents what Paul the Apostle referred to when he wrote: “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 2:5; (KJV). Christ Jesus was many things to his followers, and one of them is that he’s our spiritual brother, showing us our true identities as immortal children of God, not finite mankind. Jesus (the physical man) came to demonstrate, or show us, the Christ of us—our spiritual identities. The Christ is a universal reference to all humankind. In the ascension, Jesus the man transformed into his Christly identity, and as St. Paul said (in 2nd Corinthians 5:16-17, KJV):
“Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more. Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
When we go mentally inward and speak with the Christ Consciousness (our link to God that is within each of us), it mentally tells us what we need to know; and this spiritual consciousness within us awakens and reveals the Truth of whatever perplexes us. It guides us on how to do whatever is needed, to correct whatever is humanly wrong with our lives, on this human-experience level.
When led by the universal Christ Consciousness (our higher Self within) our human troubles become untangled and healed. And although the healings may seem unnatural or deemed ‘a miracle’, we have simply opened the door to the kingdom of God, invisibly present all the time, where no darkness or lack of any good thing may reside. For all good things are created and maintained eternally in divine Spirit’s creation.Whenever, in this imperfect earthly experience, (where we do not yet perceive of God’s harmonious kingdom that is always invisibly present) we awaken from our dream of life in matter and remember our spiritual truth of being, we’ll live as described in Revelation Chapters 21 and 22 of the King James Bible, where John, the disciple, describes the true, forever universe of God’s creating, and our own circumstances in it. So, despite all the imperfections of our so-journ here, there is much beauty and goodness in our physical sense of creation, too. And even a face in the moon to remind us to smile at it, from time to time.